The Crocker Art Museum’s photography collection is international in scope and diverse in subject matter. Strengths of the collection are American photographs of the late 1800s and early 1900s, as well as straight, documentary, and street photography. Historic and contemporary images of the American West add to the rich history of the Museum and document Sacramento’s place within the development of California. A broad range of photographic media in the collection, from daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, and tintypes, to albumen prints, gelatin silver prints, and digital prints, provide opportunities for engagement with a variety of artistic processes.

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  • Ansel Adams (American, 1902–1984)
    Oak Tree, Sunset City. 1962.
  • Ansel Adams (American, 1902–1984)
    Monolith: the Face of Half Dome, Yosemite, California. 1927 (printed 1979).
  • Bill Owens (American, born 1938)
    Our house is built with the living room in the back, so that in the evenings we sit out front of the garage and watch the traffic go by. 1968–72.
  • Brett Weston (American, 1911–1993)
    Dunes. 1947.
  • Carleton Emmons Watkins (American, 1829–1916)
    Three Large Gold Nuggets. circa 1865–1870.
  • Carleton Emmons Watkins (American, 1829–1916)
    A Camping Party in Yosemite. circa 1865–1866.
  • Carleton Emmons Watkins (American, 1829–1916)
    Big Tree, Yosemite Valley. circa 1860–1870.
  • Dorothea Lange (American, 1895–1965)
    Texas Drought Refugees in Cotton Camp Near Exeter, CA. Nov. 1936.
  • Edward Henry Weston (American, 1886–1958)
    Pots: Heaped Black Ollas in the Oaxaca Market. 1926.
  • Edward Henry Weston (American, 1886–1958)
    Portrait of David McAlpin. circa 1938.
  • Edward Henry Weston (American, 1886–1958)
    Untitled Nude (Charis). 1934.
  • Emmy Lou Packard (American, 1914–1998)
    Frida's Dresser, My Face Reflected. 1941.
  • Harold E. Edgerton (American, 1903–1990)
    Gustave Solomons, Dancer. 1960.
  • Helen Levitt (American, 1913–2009)
    New York. 1938.
  • Jerry N. Uelsmann (American, born 1934)
    Untitled. 1976.
  • John Bulmer (British, born 1938)
    Black Country 011, Divided Street. 1961.
  • John Gutmann (American, born Germany, now Poland, 1905–1998)
    Auto Ferry: San Francisco, 1934. .
  • Judy Dater (American, born 1941)
    Twinka Thiebaud. 1970.
  • Ken Light (American, born 1951)
    Cuyotepeji, Oaxaca, Mexico, San Ysidro, 1986. printed 1989.
  • Laura Gilpin (American, 1891–1979)
    Miss Brenda Putnam. 1921.

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